Olympic Gold Medalist, Kerri Pottharst is an honest and inspirational speaker. Having competed for over 22 years in a sport that she loves, Kerri draws from her success sharing valuable information in areas of communication, goal setting, skill set and achieving excellence.

Kerri Pottharst is one of Australia's most well-known and well-loved athletes - a triple Olympian with two Olympic medals.

She is one of Australia's most decorated indoor and beach volleyball players and is the only Australian woman to have competed in the prestigious A1 Italian Indoor Volleyball League.

After overcoming countless challenges and potentially devastating injuries that threatened to end her sporting career, Kerri's drive to succeed saw her take to the court to win Bronze at the Atlanta Olympics. But it was her unparalleled strength, focus and determination that allowed her to transform her Bronze into Gold on Bondi Beach at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, in an overwhelming demonstration of the power of courage, persistence and personal belief.

Since retiring from national and international competition in 2005, Kerri now divides her time between her three passions - her family, coaching elite-level volleyball, and inspiring people from all walks of life to achieve excellence through her keynote presentations and motivational workshops.

Working now with a range of businesses, imparting knowledge to executives, managers and staff about the disciplines she learned from elite sport, and how they can be applied to business. Her inspirational Goal Setting workshops, captivating Keynote Presentations and exciting Corporate Team Building events will challenge your beliefs, stretch your boundaries and push you beyond your comfort zone.

You will discover the secrets to goal-setting success, develop invaluable communication strategies and learn new skills that will allow you to achieve your full potential - and they're also a whole lot of fun!

Speaking Topics Include:

Master of Ceremonies

Kerri is prepared, professional and flexible. Funny or formal, Kerri easily adapts her style. Brighten up your conference, lunch or dinner with one of Australia's most popular sporting personalities. Usually a male's domain, hosting functions, Kerri provides a breath of fresh air! See her medals, laugh about her Olympic antics and get the real answer to why those uniforms are so skimpy! Kerri's quick sense of humour and bright personality will have your guests asking for more!!

Overcoming Fear and Doubt

The single greatest obstacle to a team performing at their peak and beyond is a defeatist mental attitude. Change that thought pattern and the people representing your business will go from good to great. Kerri demonstrates, using examples from her international sporting career, how she and other great athletes have changed their outlook for spectacular results.

Pushing Your Limitations

Everybody sets limits for themselves, but how often do you question those limits? Why settle for average when you can have outstanding? Through her own experience and via her consultation to other elite sportspeople Kerri has learnt how to raise these limits, how to accept that we can all be champions and how to make that happen as a team.

Goal Setting

Goal Setting is definitely one of Kerri's strengths. Be inspired by her stories of setback, injury and defeat. Learn how she overcame them all to compete in 3 Olympic Games and win 2 Olympic Medals by setting goals. Discover how she turned her Bronze into Gold! Learn strategies and ways to ensure that your goals will be achieved. Throughout her 25 year athletic career, Kerri has excelled in breaking up the long road toward her dream of Gold, into small steps. She learnt that without setting goals in life, nothing will ever change. Stop the run of "bad luck" while you're waiting for "good luck" to come along. Design your own luck.

Corporate Team Building

The perfect Australian experience, especially for incentive groups or overseas delegates. In addition to keynotes, Kerri also facilitates Beach Volleyball team building workshops. During these sessions Kerri and her coaches take to the beach with delegates - teaching them the skills needed to play as a team in a fun and practical way. Nothing has been more important throughout Kerri's two decades of representing her country than teamwork. When teamwork breaks down in business the results are disastrous. Better communication, clear leadership, shared vision, support, flexibility and a solid game plan are all ingredients to make up the perfect team, and they're all traits Kerri and her team will drill into staff during a day full of fun and learning...

The Power of Personal Belief

In sport, in business and in personal life, so much relies on personal belief - that unshakeable confidence which all champions share. At the end of a session with Kerri, after the feared and revered walk across broken glass, staff will have a new vision of themselves. They will also have the tools with which to constantly update and fine tune their personal belief, giving them a new outlook on life and work.

New Topics for 2017:

  • Building a Mindset for Success in todays busy world
  • Mindfulness and how to apply it for Success
  • Health, Wellbeing and Success
  • Coping with stress, Resilience and Bouncing Back when things go wrong!
  • From Low to Flow


What a great speaker, gave the audience a terrific story in a well paced and highly entertaining presentation, great attitude and a professional.
- ANZ Bank

Kerri's presentation was sensational and the combination of her talk with the glass walking worked perfectly. Her preparation and understanding of our current issues was also sensational. An incredible experience with a lasting impact.
- Proctor and Gamble

Kerri delivered an outstanding address as part of Westpac boardroom dinner, keeping her audience enthralled in her sporting experiences both on and off the field. Kerri is easy to listen too, delivering her messages in an down to earth, intimate and candid way.
- Westpac Banking Corporation

Kerri is extremely down to earth and has the rare ability of being able to communicate with all levels of the community.
- Suncorp

Kerri had taken the time to plan her presentation to incorporate the theme of our conference. The actual presentation was a highly entertaining mix of anecdotes from her Olympic experience blended with the motivational tools Kerri used to achieve her goals
- Health Services Supply Association

I just wanted to thank you personally for your fabulous contribution to our Golf Day Dinner yesterday. Without doubt, your address made the evening and everyone was so impressed by how down to earth and "real" you are, while at the same time being such an accomplished speaker with such an amazing story to tell. The glass walk was a big hit too!!!! Each time I see you speak, I enjoy the delivery as much as I did the first time I saw you speak and I know that when we refer you to our clients, we can be 100% confident that you will wow their audience!!
- Conference Call (Australia) Pty Ltd

Thanks Kerri for a brilliant and inspiring presentation at our Christmas dinner. Your ability to connect with our group in a down-to-earth and personable way left a lasting impression on all of us. You were a hot talking topic around the office in the week that followed, which is a clear sign of the positive and memorable impact you made.
- E*TRADE Australia

Thank you again for taking the time to speak with Badminton Australia's coaches, sharing expertise, and participating in very lively discussions - I think the coaches would've been very happy to have you in for the full day!
- Marianne Loh, Badminton Australia

It was fantastic having you with us. We had amazing feedback on your speech, and on how approachable you were, spending time mingling with everyone afterwards and sharing your stories with our guests, so thank you for a great event!
- Damien Bonal, Quest Apartments

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